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Cactus Island

(Stan Turner #7)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Stan is called out to Possum Kingdom Lake in central Texas where two boy scouts have driven off a cliff in a jeep. The driver, Steven Caldwell, survives unscathed but the passenger dies. It appears to be just another tragic auto accident until the sheriff discovers Steven and the victim were in love with the same girl. When Steven is charged with murder he asks Stan to def ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published August 6th 2017 by Top Publications (first published September 2006)
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Julie Barrett
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cactus Island by William Manchee
Have loved this series and glad I am able to catch up on the ones I've yet to read.
Like this one because it surrounds a case each of the lawyers are investigating. At times they entwine one another.
Stan is on the case of Stephen and he says an alien ship made him drive off the road, his passenger died. He finds out so much more about spaceships from a man who lives nearby-so many clues...
Paula is given a case about a woman, with times of not recalling events, has
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ebook/Science Fiction: After the first couple of chapters, I realized quickly this is an older book because it's talking about President Ronald Reagan's security. There were parts of this book that were pretty good like the courtroom scenes. There were off the wall plots that made no sense. And then the ending happened and it ended up being such a hot mess.

I want to thank NetGalley for the copy in lieu of an honest review. This is book seven in the series and the author makes sure you're not in
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and now I want to go back and read the first 6 books by Manchee --[Stan Turner # 1-6]
This one had lots of action, legal court cases, great characters, though not perfect by any means, and interesting plot. I am not a sci-fi fan, and admittedly a skeptic about anything that can't be proven, but this story was - in two words - well done.

I was given this book from another reader who had won it in a Goodreads giveaway and passed it on to me to read!

Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love these legal thrillers with a Scifi twist. Excited to know there are 3 more books dealing with the son peters adventures before the conclusion of this particular trilogy. Will be eagerly awaiting them!
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Action packed mystery with sci-fi mixed in. Took a while to figure where the story was leading. The ending had surprising bits. Definitely a fun read.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Cactus Island is the seventh book in the Stan Turner Mystery series. During a State Final Debate Celebration, Stan Turner gets a referral from a CIA operative Mo. It was unusual for Stan to receive a divorce case from the CIA but since it was a divorce case, Stan didn't asked any questions.

Stan also received a call from Steven Coldwell that he was involved in an accident which killed his friend Jimmy Faulk. It was a bizarre case when Steven claimed that he saw an UFO that caused the accident. It
Don O'goodreader
Cactus Island by William Manchee opens when the law firm of Turner and Waters takes on a pair of very strange cases. Paula Waters' case involves a divorce where the husband disappears and the wife, Paula's client, is charged with his murder. Strangely, when the CSI teams goes through the house where the husband was last seen...

The lab boys say its the cleanest crime scene they've ever seen. They didn't find a single fingerprint, not one fiber, and no hair even on the hair brush. ... Even the sh
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
I really find myself enjoying this series with each book of the series I read. Manchee delivers another suspenseful tale full of many twists and turns in Cactus Island. Now having read the book after this one in the series, I was not caught off guard with this book's developments however I still found myself caught up in the action as Stan tried to defend his client who claims to have seen a spaceship and as Paula's divorce case becomes stranger and stranger. I really like how Manchee allows the ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Stan Turner meets the planet Tarizon in the 7th Stan Turner mystery novel. Manchee combines two of his serials when Stan Turner and his law partner Paula Waters defend a young kid who has a car wreck in which he is unhurt while his passenger is killed. It turns out they had had angry word over a girl just before the accident. The suspect also says he went off the cliff because he saw a flying saucer which distracted him. He managed to get out of the convertible just before it went over the cliff ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this novel in a goodreads drawing.

This is the book where Manchee begins a series featuring the adventures of Stan Turner's son, Peter, on an alien planet.

At a scout camp, a scout dies. The boy who was involved says it was an accident, that he was distracted by a spaceship.

At the same time, Turner's law partner takes on a very mysterious divorce case.

The cases come together, and Stan learns a terrible truth.

Told by switching narratives between Stan and his partner every other chapter. Manc
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
From the cover: Stan is called out to Possum Kingdom Lake in central Texas where two boy scouts have driven off a cliff in a Jeep. The driver, Steven Caldwell, survives unscathed but the passenger dies. It appears to be just another tragic auto accident until the sheriff discovers Steven and the victim were in love with the same girl. When Steven is charged with murder he asks Stan to defend him, but Stan is reluctant to do so because Steven claims he ran off the road when he saw a spacecraft ho ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2017
Overall I really enjoyed this book and the storyline. Personally, I had a very difficult time liking Paula as a character. Because she seems so shallow and self-absorbed, it makes her less personable and likable to me. However, the story drew me in and kept me reading from beginning to end. I enjoy the mystery of it all and the clues that are placed here and there without revealing the entire story. Yes, I figured out much of it by the end, but I think the reader is supposed to be able to do jus ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cactus Island kept me thinking, " Is this possible or is this just fantasy?" With the latest news telling me that there have been more and more planets found in the "Goldilocks" zone of the stars they orbit, I do think about life on other planets. But, to have aliens,space ships, and mental memory remover guns, taken seriously in a courtroom, is not thinkable. I liked the way both murders were found to be related and the reasons for mentioning some things in court and asking some people to testi ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another book in the Stan Turner series that I finished in one weekend.
In my past reviews my stance has been that the series can be read in any order and still be as enjoyable. I must amend that to the first six. Only because as I've recently learned number seven is where the author takes a turn for the Sci-Fi. Having read number eight first I was left scratching my head at the sudden shift, but having read number seven I've come to realize the change is less drastic.
Cactus Island is full of
Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cactus Island begins when the Law Firm of Turner and Waters takes on a pair of unusual cases. Paula Waters case involves a divorce where the Wife is accused of Murdering her Husband after the soon to be Ex Husband mysteriously disappears. Strangely the CSI crime team can find no evidence of a murder at the house where the Husband was last seen!

Stan Turner's case involves a Boy charged with Murder he was the Driver of a Car that went over a cliff killing his Friend who was the passenger. The Boy
Denisa Howe
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A wonderful science-fiction courtroom murder mystery or is really murder, was there really a death? This is a series and one that held my attention well. Some parts a bit farfetched but is that simply because it hasn’t ever been proved? I enjoyed the plot and the sub plot entwined around and between each other. The characters are certainly natural and revealed in a simply unique way. The mystery brings that which is true and that which many think is not. From a wreck to aliens, a missing husban ...more
Lucia Rodriguez
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books that grab your attention and hold it for the rest of the book and Cactus Island does that. I started reading this book yesterday and haven't looked back. I'm not trying to spoil it for anyone, but I do hope that Mrs. Windsor is wrong about her Hubby. This will be the book I read this week. Well done William. I love how William make you feel like the character is talking only to you and filling you in on all the Gossip and events of the day. I'm not going to spoil the story f ...more
Linda Straub
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I received this as a free book from goodread and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. The book is packed with mystery and keeps you trying to figure out what is going on. I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone but I had no idea it would end the way it did. I strongly recommend everyone read this book. This was the first book I read by author William Manchee and plan to read more. Just an FYI there was three errors that really caught my eye...on page 36 short sentenc ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
What an interesting book! The plot took some really bizarre twists towards the end, and if I had known where it was going I probably would not have read it. But the story gripped me, and I couldn't put the book down as I wanted to know what happened.

Sadly the writing is very wooden, and the characters rather hard to believe in places. The spelling mistakes and bad grammar make it really hard to read in the beginning of the book. I finally ignored this as I wanted to know what had happened. I ha
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
I received this book through the goodreads giveaways for an honest review.

Cactus Island is the 7th book in the Stan Turner Mystery series. The book is written in first person with every other chapter from Stan's point of view and the other chapters from his law firm partner's point of view. There is no notation before the chapter telling this, so in the beginning it took a bit to figure out who was "talking."

I liked the two different cases going on. The mystery was fun. I was a little disappoint
Quetzi Fernald
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible read that has two stories mixed in one. Both clients suffer from amnesia & both stories are complex. How do you defend a client who claims to have seen a spaceship & is the reason for his friend's death in crash? The other story is about ahusband who has vanished into thin air. It's an intriguing red that you won't be able to put down until you've finished it. Now thst I've discovered William Manchee's writing I want to read everything he's written! This is a 5 Star author ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
William Manchee does it again! Stan Turner is involved in alien life, memory lapses, CIA agent putting Stan in a difficult situation and now poor Stan can't tell anyone what happened to his son. The story was fun, the characters were great and the ending was a peek as to what is to come in the next book. Will I be reading Act Normal, the next book in the Stan Turner mystery novels. Yes, I started it today. ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cactus Island by William Manchester is an entertaining summer read. Stan and his law partner Paula are enmeshed in cases that intertwine around the bizarre things that are happening on Cactus Island. I plan to pass this one on to a fellow goodreader whom I am sure will enjoy it as well. Great beach read.
Although this is an older book, I'm sure that I will find more novels by William Manchester.
I won Cactus Island in a goodreads contest. The best!
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Cactus Island is #7 in the Stan Turner Mystery series but can also be read as a stand alone novel.
I recommend this book to anyone who reads for enjoyment. Fun stuff!
Because it covers a pivotal time for Stan, his team, and his family, I recommend it as a must read for any fans of Stan Turner.
I added it to my favorites shelf.
4.5 stars.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every time I put this book down I kept finding myself thinking it through and trying to predict the next twist or turn, or how the two cases might tie in. William Manchee kept me guessing to the very end. I admit I was surprised by the ending, but not disappointed. I always enjoy Manchee's books. ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this in a goodreads contest. It is the first book I've read from this author. I am not a fan of side by side stories in the same book nor am I a sci-fi fan. This book was rather hard for me to get involved in for those reasons. A bit too far-fetched for my taste. ...more
Visionlee Browning
Jun 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Wow!! Won this book on June 10, 2013, I received it in the mail a couple of days ago. Cant wait to start reading? I hope I can get the first 6 books. :)
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on the giveaway & just got it today :) But I was wondering if I can read this book by itself or do I need to read 1-6 before this one?
Lois Belliveau
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
Interesting! I could have done without the alien aspect, but I am trying to keep an open mind . . .
This was a Goodreads First-read.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

this book is one that you hope is all fiction because other wise it would make you question your own sanity
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William Manchee is an attorney by trade and practices consumer law in Dallas with his son Jim. Originally from southern California, he now lives in Plano, Texas.

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